Regarded as one of his most ambitious works, Le Clézio’s autobiographical novel Révolutions was published in 2003 to widespread critical acclaim. The text encapsulates many of the core themes of the Nobel Prize winner’s writings whilst maintaining a highly poetic register. In a rich tapestry of tightly interwoven stories, two central narratives come to the fore. First, there is the journal of Jean Eudes Marro, loosely based on the life of Le Clézio’s ancestor, François Alexis Le Clézio, who, after fighting in the Revolutionary Wars, emigrated in 1798 to the French colony of Mauritius. Secondly, there is the story of Jean Marro, a fictionalised rendering of the author’s own experiences during the 1950s and 1960s. A …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Martin, Bronwen. "Révolutions". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 June 2011
[, accessed 30 September 2016.]